The HUDDLE Study Lisa Nelson July 26, 2023

The HUDDLE Study



Legacy, in collaboration with Edwards Life Sciences and NFL Alumni Health, was thrilled to have led the implementation of the groundbreaking HUDDLE Study!

Watch the inspiring highlight reel below which captures the spirit and essence of this innovative community research project.


The goal of the Huddle Study? To create awareness about heart health and combat heart disease in communities where it often goes undiagnosed and untreated.

Watch the HUDDLE Study highlight reel below as we take another step forward toward more inclusive and equitable heart health solutions


Over 500 NFL Alumni, coaches, and their families across the country stepped up to participate in heart health screening events. They underwent non-invasive “heart screenings” that could detect certain heart conditions, all while receiving essential information on heart function and living a heart-healthy life.

While the data is currently being reviewed for publication, the early results were INCREDIBLE! With 100% participation, every single individual completed the study, showing their commitment to taking care of their community and each other.

But that’s not all!  Our study had a real impact: some of the NFL brethren received immediate treatment for serious conditions they were unaware of before the study. Their solidarity, regardless of team, proved they are one team united in the fight for better heart health!

Why is this Important?


While there is still insufficient data regarding prevalence of heart disease in African Americans, they are 30% more likely to die from heart disease than non-Hispanic whites, according to the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. Yet only 3% of all patients who benefit from a minimally invasive, life-saving procedure called TAVR are African American. The TAVR (Transcatheter Aortic Valve Replacement) requires only a small cut in the skin preventing the need for open-heart surgery.



In addition to conducting the study, the objectives of the project were to:


More information is available at the Huddle Study web site.